NewsMail reader Paul Barnes captures the action as dozens of turtle hatchlings make their way to the ocean.
NewsMail reader Paul Barnes captures the action as dozens of turtle hatchlings make their way to the ocean.

Hatchlings make break for it

A NIGHT on the beach recently proved fruitful for turtle-watcher Paul Barnes.

Mr Barnes managed to capture this photograph of hatchlings making their way to the ocean.

On Saturday night, six clutches of loggerhead hatchlings emerged and two clutches of flatback turtles made their way to the ocean at Mon Repos Conservation Park.

The following night, seven loggerhead clutches emerged and two flatback clutches made an appearance.

Hatchlings have been popping up nightly on Mon Repos since the beginning of the year.

Rangers at Mon Repos Conservation Park are urging coastal residents to keep their lights low so as not to disturb the turtles.

Tips to “cut the glow” include turning off all unnecessary lights, closing curtains and blinds and using motion-sensor lights outside.

It is also recommended to face lights away from the beach and to use shades on them.



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